Steuben County Jail is located in Steuben County and is the primary correctional facility for the county. Are you looking for somebody incarcerated at Steuben County Jail? This guide tells you information about anything a person needs to know about Steuben County Jail,like the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Steuben County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And much, much more.
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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. This guide is designed to give you all the information and advice you need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or feedback that might be beneficial to others would be appreciated.
Steuben County Jail
206 E. Gale St.
Angola, IN 46703
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member or friend that is in jail and don’t know how to contact them?
Has a friend or family member that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?
In order to look up who is in jail at Steuben County Jail you need to navigate to their link and perform an inmate search.
The Steuben County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you can get information on anyone arrested and booked or discharged in the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You will be able to locate their arrest information faster if you’ve got the arrestee’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.
If the person you’re searching for is incarcerated at a different jail you will want to check our Indiana county jail guide: Indiana County Jails
A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photograph, is the photo that the police take when you get booked into jail. They will take one full face and a profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the photos, and they will be kept on file at the jail.
Mugshots of Steuben County Jail inmates can be viewed on the Steuben County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Steuben County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to enter the full name, and a booking date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Need to know how to get your mugshot erased from the Steuben County Jail website? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be accessible. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.
For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Naturally, if you are in jail, your only thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through booking, a bail amount is determined either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.
If you are are released you will have to promise to be there for your court date, and until then you are not allowed to go out of town.
Usually, an inmate can earn time off in exchange for good behavior if they respect the rules and area a good inmate while incarcerated.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to go back to jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you could get to live in a halfway house instead of the jail.
Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay is determined by the crime you’ve been charged with. You will have to put up 10% of the amount that was set so you can be released. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, whoever posted your bail will lose all of the bail money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the jail. If know the pertinent information, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Steuben County Jail site.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Posting bail to get out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, its easy if you have the money. First of all, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you can’t use a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail can’t accept a check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.
If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes with a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will in these cases require that they use your assets as collateral for the bond.
To find a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman
Have you ever had to find a Bail Bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how it worked out.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Get Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release
- Released For Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- Get Released on House Arrest
- Get Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake process takes you through each of the following steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
- The first step is that you will have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your full legal name, address, date of birth and contact person.
- You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
- You will be issued an inmate ID.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- You will have your mugshot taken.
- All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
- They will let you make a telephone call so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.
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When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process takes anywhere between 30 minutes to many hours. So, the faster you post bail, the faster you will get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged can depend on if you have a bond amount or if a judge must determine how much your bail will be. For minor charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a date of your release, expect to be released in the morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the sheriff has a, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, you should follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they find one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring things that are allowed when you go, such as a driver’s license or your ID, prescription medication, and a copy of the sentencing order.
To have visitors, you must give each visitor’s full name to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will be entered into the visitation log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor must provide proof of identification. Visitors arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Steuben County Jail visitation procedures can change, so we suggest that you double-check the jail site before you try to go to visitation.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are a lot more costly than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges might get cut back or forbidden.
The Steuben County Jail phone number is:
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mall sent to inmates has to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other method of delivery. You should print the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail gets opened and examined by the jail staff, and will get returned if deemed inappropriate.
Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Steuben County Jail:
Steuben County Jail
206 E. Gale St.
Angola, IN 46703
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Steuben County Jail
206 E. Gale St.
Angola, IN 46703
The Steuben County Jail mail policy is always changing, so we suggest that you review the site before you send a letter.
Get A Lawyer
If you get arrested, you still have rights, the first of which is your right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to get a friend or family member to find an attorney when you call. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the legal system in your county. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better.
For more detailed information on how to find an attorney, click: How to Find an Attorney
If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. The Public Defender Office is staffed by investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual attorneys, members of the Indiana State Bar and are legally licensed to represent you in court and practice law.
Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? How did they do?
Steuben County court records are public records. They include a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case with the internet service, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.
Clerk of Court
The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records from your court case are available at Steuben County Clerk of Court office.
Court fees and costs are all costs associated with your court case, such as for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay them.
A Magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your case. Magistrate judges do different tasks, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.
Your pre-sentencing report is put together with your background information and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Keep in mind that you should ask to receive your own copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you get the chance to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you might get immediately taken into custody, or given a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve out your sentence.
Want to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?
To do so, you will have to access the jail’s website, and search by:
- Birth date.
- Their booking date if you know it.
- or inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.
If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants online or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.
If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is public record and the information is freely available.
Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these by getting in touch with the Steuben County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders are required to be listed and registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see these offenders on the internet, but remember that you won’t see the actual address, just the address block they live on.
Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file containing a court docket and all of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access the court records on the website, or at the Steuben County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.
Each state maintains a record of people’s criminal history. These databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal backgrounds from another state. You are able to go to the Steuben County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.
A criminal records search you will be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any of the following crimes:
- DUI or DWI.
- Drug offenses.
- Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
- Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.
If you do a criminal records check, you generally will not learn if someone had:
- Speeding or wreckless driving.
- Drivers license suspended or revoked.
- Been in a traffic accident.
- Other moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- You have to be over the age of 21.
- You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
- You have to be a US Citizen.
- You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
- You have to pass a drug test.
- You have to have a good level of fitness.
- You have to be in good health.
- You have to have a valid Drivers License
- An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.
- You have the right to protection from the accused.
- You have the right to notification.
- You have the right to attend proceedings.
- You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- You have the right to restitution.
- You have the right to a speedy trial.
- You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- Spouses and children of all victims.
- Parents and guardians of minor victims.
- Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
- Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.
- Conditions at the jail.
- Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
- Jail staff and Guards
- Commissary and food
- Having Visitors
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Prisoner safety
- Jail gangs
- Inmate programs and activities
To search for driving records, you will have to do a search for their driving history.
Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account could help other people.
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For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Steuben County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.
FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List:
Steuben County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List:
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that spending time in the Steuben County jail is very scary, eventually you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up at 6:00am, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast participate in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.
Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Steuben County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.
When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Steuben County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.
How To Send Money to an Inmate
You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.
The procedure to send funds to someone in jail changes, so check the official website when you send any money.
The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.
If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.
You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.
Pods / The Yard
The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.
As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.
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Types of Jobs at Steuben County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Steuben County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.
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There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.
If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.
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Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:
The definition of victim includes:
There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.
The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.
Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.
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Sex Offender Information and Search
All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.
Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.
Reviews of this Jail
Have you ever been locked up at this jail? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?
If so, then you should write your review about it. Write down your jail experience so other people can find out what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? How was life in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did it affect you to go to jail?
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Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate
Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to reconnect with someone from jail? Throw a shout out to them here.
Say wassup to people locked up at Steuben County Jail
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